26 Juillet 2017
July 24, 2017
Japan to host meeting on nuclear disarmament
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan's government will invite experts from nuclear and non-nuclear nations to a nuclear disarmament meeting to be held by Japan later this year.
Speaking in Kobe, western Japan on Sunday Kishida said the Japanese government has selected 16 experts to attend the meeting, including some from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
He said nations possessing nuclear weapons, and those without them have increasingly been at odds in recent years.
Kishida said the stalemate over nuclear weapons won't change unless nuclear powers join efforts to create a nuclear weapons-free world.
Japan opposed a legally binding treaty to ban nuclear weapons that was approved at the UN on July 7th.
The United States and Russia are not expected to join the treaty.
Kishida said the major objective of the nuclear disarmament meeting will be to rebuild trust between nuclear and non-nuclear nations.
He told reporters that he hopes the panel members will discuss ways to develop cooperation between the 2 sides.
Japan hopes to recommend the outcome of the debate to a preparatory meeting for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to be held next April.